This isn’t your traditional stuffed mushrooms recipe – these mushrooms have all the great flavors of coq au vin in one tasty bite. It’s the perfect appetizer!

Several stuffed mushrooms on wooden surface, garnished with fresh thyme sprigs.

When I was in high school, my family hosted a student from France for two summers. We also went to France and stayed with her family a few weeks. The memories will be with me forever and one of the things I remember most is, of course, the food! The food was unreal in France but our exchange student also did some cooking for us while she stayed in our home. Crêpes, tarte Tatin, and coq au vin — oh, how I wish I could transport her into my kitchen right this moment to whip up some delicious food.

About these stuffed mushrooms

I take all the flavors of coq au vin and turn them into these little stuffed mushrooms. They make a great appetizer, but the filling is also be amazing in a larger portobello mushroom for an entree recipe, like these vegetarian stuffed portobellos or chicken Parmesan stuffed portobellos.

These coq au vin stuffed mushrooms include bacon, chicken, red wine, onion and fresh thyme. Cheese isn’t traditionally included in coq au vin but I’m a big fan of cheese. The cheese does a good job of holding everything together, too.

These appetizers are little flavor bombs. They’re rich without being overly rich. I like that these stuffed mushrooms are a little unique, too.

With a fancy name! “Coq au vin” literally means rooster in wine, in case anyone asks. 

Front closeup of stuffed mushrooms with thyme sprigs.

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Several stuffed mushrooms on wooden surface, with thyme sprigs.

Coq Au Vin Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This isn’t your traditional stuffed mushrooms recipe – these mushrooms have all the great flavors of coq au vin in one tasty bite. It’s the perfect appetizer!


  • 20 ounces large white mushrooms (10-12)
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 cooked chicken breast – very finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely minced fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 6-8 teaspoons panko bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Remove stems from mushrooms. Chop stems finely and reserve. Place mushroom caps in a baking dish.
  3. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy.
  4. Remove bacon from pan and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Leave bacon grease in pan.
  5. Add onions and carrots, turning heat down if needed to keep onions from burning. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until onions are translucent and carrots are softening. Add chopped mushroom stems, pepper, garlic, and finely diced chicken. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are cooked.
  6. Add red wine and increase heat to medium-high. Continue to cook and stir until nearly all of the liquid is gone. Remove from heat and stir in thyme.
  7. Pour mixture into a bowl to cool slightly. Add cheese and cooked bacon and stir to combine. Using a spoon, fill mushroom caps with this mixture – it’s okay if they overflow a little.
  8. Sprinkle panko bread crumbs over mushrooms.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool to touch and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 mushrooms
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 221mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 13g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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